The South African town of Emgwenya (previously known as Waterval Boven) is known for its stunning waterfall, the Elands River waterfall. Originally founded as a railway depot, this town is now popular for its outdoor activities and rock climbing, historical sites, and a possible hiding spot for the Kruger Millions – the mysterious lost treasure … More Visiting Emgwenya (Waterval Boven) – Outdoor Adventures and South African Historical Sites
Meet Sick Car, our transportation around Iceland. It was the nickname we gave to a little Toyota-that-could, which we rented from Icelandic car rental company SADcars. SADcars is a car rental company that rents fairly new, second hand cars at very low prices, perfect for budget visitors who can’t afford hundreds of Euros for a … More Renting a SADcar in Iceland – My Experience Driving A Second-Hand Car Around Route 1
A self-drive journey through the country of Zambia is an experience unto itself, and not a trip for the faint of heart. The condition of the roads is downright disastrous at times, the landscape is dry and rugged, and towns are few and far between. Navigation and phone signals often fail, road signs that indicate … More The Ultimate Zambia Road Trip
Something strange happened when the clocks hit 5pm in Nikkō. The town suddenly fell quiet, the people disappeared, the shops shut their doors, and restaurants turned their ‘open’ signs around to ‘closed’. The sun went down in a haze of muted oranges and purples, a chilly evening began to creep in, and we were left … More Sketching Nikkō, Japan’s UNESCO Temple Town
This epic road trip through Africa, in a high-clearance 4×4, took myself and two companions six weeks to travel through seven African countries. The objective was to drive from Cape Town to Zanzibar island off the coast of Tanzania, and back again, an epic distance of more than 12,000kms (7,500 miles). It was a daunting … More Africa Overland – An Epic Road Trip from Cape Town to Zanzibar (and Back)
Today, I like decent hotel rooms and charming restaurants with delicious local specialities, and splashing out some money on cool activities. Back in 2012, I was on a shoestring budget, staying in mosquito-ridden hotel dorms and eating cheap pineapple curry from local diners. My electronics didn’t work, and my bag packing skills were atrocious. When … More Revisiting my old backpacking days: My sweaty visit to Kuching
Travelling to Iceland is a journey to some of the wildest, most breathtaking scenery in the world.It’s an arctic circle island where glaciers meet volcanoes, creating otherworldly landscapes. Geysers blast boiling water out of portals in the earth, glacier ice washes up on ink-black beaches, and rushing waterfalls fall off geometric columns of basalt. This … More Iceland Ring Road – the ultimate 2 week road trip
Sigirya, an ancient fortress situated on the top of a colossal 200-metre high column of rock, is sometimes considered the eighth wonder of the world. It’s a geological wonder, a fascinating archaeological site, and a challenging hike, all rolled together. Sigirya is the must-see destination in Sri Lanka. Simply put – it’s amazing.
Dambulla temple is Sri Lanka’s best preserved cave temple complex, one of the country’s fantastic UNESCO world heritage sights. It’s a decent climb to reach the caves, but the reward are five sanctuaries with outstanding wall fresco paintings, images of past kings and queens, and many golden statues of the Buddha.
Sri Lanka is a country that is constantly offering hidden surprises, and for those who travel here, it feels like your own private discovery. There are the crumbling ruins of ancient civilisations, baking in the midday sun. Friendly tuk tuk drivers who are thrilled to discuss the latest cricket match. Fields of glossy tea leaves, … More 2 weeks in Sri Lanka – an itinerary full of action